Bell  Tower Garden

  Zen Garden.  Located along the El Dorado Trail near Broadway Court, this mountain-themed garden was designed, landscaped, and is maintained by Dennis Look.  The Zen-like garden features flowering shrubs,  and evergreens beneath a Valley Oak shade tree.

 El Dorado Trail Shade Trees

Senior Citizens Garden

    he Gateway Project was originally established to re-create a "Gateway to the Sierra" as shown in this Winji family photo.   Located along the abandoned Southern Pacific Railroad right of way, the mountain-themed garden was to serve as the entrance to historic downtown Placerville, CA .  The garden had dogwood, aspen, pine, Alberta spruce, with seasonal & native flowers and a drought-tolerant lawn.  A 1906 cement-form bridge , the oldest one of its kind west of the Mississippi River, is located below.

     The Gateway Garden was the first of three Caltrans Adopt-A-Highway projects.  The project was completed in 1995 by the Placerville Rotary under the direction of Community Pride member Dennis Look.  Highway 50 Improvements required the removal of this garden.  Unfortunately, mitigation funds are insufficient to restore this beautiful garden. 

El Dorado Trail , Trees, & Zen Garden

Redwoods @ Broadway

    Donated and planted by Trails Now! members Bill & Eileen Crim, these six native sycamore trees provide the cooling effects of shade canopy over paved parking lots.  These trees were historically maintained by Dennis Look of That Certain Look.

Inactive Gardens &  Projects

Other  Projects

     The Bell Tower landmark was erected by the Placerville Volunteer Fire Brigade in 1865.  The present-day planter boxes of river rock and ornate wrought-iron railings were installed by Community Pride in 1995.  Landscaper Carie Friar presently maintains this beautiful garden with annual flowers.  Dennis Look maintained the planters for decades before Carie.

Landscape Design By Vaugn Hintze (1995)

Gateway to the Sierra

Hangtown Creek Stewardship Monitoring Program

Senior Citizens Center gardens were created and maintained by Mr. & Mrs. Beckley.

City Park @ Aquatic Center

Quartz Alley @ Milton Parking Lot

     Redwoods @ Broadway emulates an oak woodland located at the corner of Broadway & Mosquito Road.  Interior live  oak & other oak species create a beautiful canopy.  The understory includes  native shrubs: toyon, coyote bush, coffee berry, eastern redbud, ornamental pomegranate, juniper, & smoke bush.  A row of liquidambar borders the parking area.  In spring, daffodils and narcissus carpet the hillside.  Four redwood trees mark this intersection.  They are particularly beautiful when decorated with blue lights during winter holidays. This project was the vision of Maria Pachecano who, along with Andrew Hibben, planted the redwoods in the mid- 1980's.   

     Hangtown Creekis a small, urban stream that flows between Highway 50 & historic downtown Placerville.  Although there are many competing interests through this very narrow corridor, volunteers of Community Pride have worked closely with local volunteers, schools, state & federal agency officials to rehabilitate and protect this Class I Trout Stream - supporting almost 700 trout per mile.  Hangtown Creek also serves as a migration path for native and protected species  of wildlife in the foothills.  Efforts to restore riparian vegetation and eradicate non-native and invasive vegetation are ongoing.

     Collaborative efforts to protect, restore, and rehabilitate Hangtown Creek include: City of Placerville Parks & Recreation, CA Department of Fish & Game, CA Water Resources Board, Natural Resource Conservation Services, U. S. Fish & Wildlife, American River Conservancy, El Dorado County Native Plant Society, Trails Now!, CA Waterfowl Association, the El Dorado Union High School District, Schnell School, Girl Scouts of America, Boy Scouts of America, & the Hangtown Creek Stewardship Committee.

     Resurrecting our monitoring program is planned for the future.  Collaboration with Community Pride memebers and teachers in the El Dorado High School Natural Resources Program are underway.  Students are coming back to the creek!  For more information, contact:

               CP Member Debra Power:  Facebook or

               El Dorado High School Natural Resources Program: Krista Potter @

Community Pride  

Placerville, California

  • Gateway to the Sierra
  • Bell Tower
  • El Dorado Trails / Trees
  • Main Street @ SR 49
  • Milton Parking Lot / Quartz Alley
  • Ivy House Creekside Park
  • Redwoods @ Broadway
  • City Park @ Aquatic Center

Main Street @ SR 49